MANILA, Philippines – Christian Standhardinger was still nursing a sore left knee caused by Iliotibial Band Syndrome just three days to the start of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on Friday.
In fact, the Fil-German player has not been to full practice with San Miguel Beer for days now and is a doubtful starter in their game versus Columbian Dyip at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Standhardinger has also missed a practice with Team Philippines where he’s with GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle and TNT KaTropa’s Troy Rosario and RR Pogoy under coach Ronnie Magsanoc.
“He’s the better judge. It’s on him,” said San Miguel team manager Gie Abanilla on Standhardinger’s readiness for Wednesday night’s game in the PBA.
It’s supposed to be Standhardinger’s first meeting with the team that let him go to San Miguel.
Standhardinger sat out their 104-97 win in overtime over Barangay Ginebra on Sunday due to his hurting knee where 65cc of fluid was drained Saturday.
“It’s due to ITB (Iliotilial Band Syndrome), which is apparently caused by prolonged playing. He’s been playing non-stop since last year when he saw action in the Jones Cup, FIBA Asia, SEA Games then in the ABL,” said Abanilla.
“But he’s getting better. We’re doing our best to help him, knowing he wants to play in the 3x3 World Cup. We have our physical therapist looking at him round the clock,” Abanilla also said.
Still, Abanilla wants Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to have its doctor check on Standhardinger.
“I told them to talk to Dr. Raul Canlas so they can have insights, and to be fair to everybody. If Christian is okay, it’s well and good. Our concern is if he’s not able to perform well because of his injury. Then it’s unfair to the Philippine team,” said Abanilla.
Standhardinger is confident he’ll be okay for the World Cup that will run June 8-12.
“I will do everything on my part to play as that’s very important for me. I’m going to be fine,” said Standhardinger.
Abanilla, meanwhile, stressed it’s Standhardinger’s call.
“He has to feel his body. In the end, it’s his call,” Abanilla said.